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Childhood vaccination: Neglected tool to counter measles outbreaks?

Over 22,000 people were infected with measles across the EU in 2014 and 2015, including one measles-related death. The only effective preventive measure against measles remains vaccination. The recent outbreaks suggest a growing number of susceptible people are not being vaccinated. The reasons for this are varied, including a growing number of parents who are reluctant to vaccinate their children and increasing barriers of access to vaccination. To avoid further such outbreaks, it is thus (...)

[Joint letter to WHO Regional Office for Europe] Nutrient profile model

Brussels, 14 April 2015- As representatives of a large number of European-based health organisations, we are writing to you to congratulate the WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO Euro) on developing a nutrient profile model for the purpose of restricting food marketing to children. To Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, Regional Director World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe Dear Dr Jakab, We, the undersigned organisations, strongly support and endorse the WHO nutrient profile model (...)

WHO launches Nutrient Profile guidelines to protect children from marketing of unhealthy foods

WHO Europe has published a long-awaited Nutrient Profile Toolto help governments to classify food and drinks based on fat (saturated and trans), salt and added sugar content. The tool provides a clear scientific basis to define products with a high fat, sugar and/or salt content (HFSS) for which marketing to children should be restricted to protect health. WHO Regional Office for Europe nutrient profile model (2015) Despite progress in some countries of the WHO European region, (...)

[EPHA-TACTICS briefing] Child Injury Prevention in Europe

In the framework of the TACTICS project, coordinated by the European Child Safety Alliance, EPHA released and prepared a briefing entitled ’Mandated responsibility for Intentional and Unintentional Child Injury Prevention in Europe’ considering both EU legislation and WHO action at European level. The briefing addresses (Road Safety, Water Safety, Home Safety and Intentional Injury), providing background information on European standards and projects undertaken at European level (...)

[EPHA Report] The effects of the crisis on mental health of children and young people

This new report from the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) highlights existing evidence on the detrimental effect of the ongoing economic crisis and austerity-driven measures on the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents in Europe. The report shows how political choices, made within a framework of fiscal consolidation, have had negative impacts on citizens’ mental health and well-being. In particular changes in employment status, household income and ability to (...)

EPHA calls on national governments to support healthy nutrition while developing national operational programmes of the Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived

September 2014 - European Public Health Alliance, Europe’s largest network of public health organisations and NGOs advocating for better health for all and reducing health inequalities, has launched its call on governments of all 28 EU Member States to support healthy nutrition while developing their national operational programmes for the new Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived, formerly "Free Food for Europe’s Poor". As the responsibility for the programme oscillates (...)

EU-wide commitments to fight child poverty and social exclusion

Eurochild, with the help of its member organisations and partners, carried out an analysis of the 2014 National Reform Programmes (NRPs) of EU Member States. Respondents from 17 EU Member States (MS) provided information about the extent to which child poverty and social exclusion are addressed in the 2014 NRPs and National Social Reports. The analysis of the responses provides an EU-wide overview of the commitment to fight child poverty and social exclusion. Despite a slight increase in (...)

5th ESWI Influenza Conference highlights benefits of vaccination

The fifth international influenza conference organised by EPHA member the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) took place in Riga on 14-17 September. A number of plenary and ’science/policy interface’ sessions examined the issue of low vaccination uptake in many Member States, as well as other issues related to pandemic preparedness and communication aspects of influenza-related health threats. In the opening plenary, ’Why should influenza be a public (...)

EPHA co-sign statement in support of the WHO Europe Food and Nutrition Action Plan adopted at the 64th Regional Committee

The 64th Regional Committee of the WHO Europe took place between 15-19 September 2014 in Copenhagen. EPHA representative attended the meetings of Health Ministers, spoke to gathered participants about the recent re-shuffle of the European Commission (move of the pharmaceuticals policy from DG Sanco to DG Enterprise), as well as actively participated in sessions on the European Child and Adolescent Health Strategy 2015-2020 adoption, the European Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2015-2020 (...)

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) advises on infant and follow-on formulas, less protein content, additional nutritional enrichment risk to the infants’ metabolism

EFSA has made recommendations on the intake levels of energy, macronutrients and micronutrients in infant and follow-on formulas. The recommendations are included in a Scientific Opinion on the essential composition of infant and follow-on formulas, which reviews advice provided by the Scientific Committee on Food in 2003, taking into account more recent evidence. It follows an EFSA Opinion published in 2013 on nutrient requirements and dietary intakes of infants and young children in the (...)